A Panini Press Thanksgiving…Brined Turkey Thigh

by on November 7, 2011

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{I’m making an entire Thanksgiving feast on the panini maker! Here’s Part 1 of the seriesBrined Turkey Thigh.}

Could I prepare an entire Thanksgiving meal on the panini press?

I gave it some thought and determined, well, yes – of course! If you can roast it, you can grill it in most cases. Moreover, for those of us working with just one oven on Thanksgiving (or, in the case of many college students, no oven at all) it actually might be helpful to be able to leverage the panini maker to prepare the annual feast. Over the next two weeks I’ll share four Thanksgiving-appropriate dishes that can be prepared either entirely or in part on the panini maker.

Today I’ll start with the star of the show: Brined Turkey Thighs. Clearly, we’re not going to be able to wedge an entire bird between the grill plates, but a thigh is flat enough to fit on the grill and cook through evenly in about 35 minutes. Thigh meat tends to be nice and juicy on its own but brining it ahead of time gives it even more flavor. On top of it all, through the grilling process you get wonderfully crispy skin.

Of course, this is a great way to quickly grill turkey for sandwiches any time of the year. But if there will be a party of just one or two at your Thanksgiving table this year, brining and panini-grilling a turkey thigh might be a great way to go.

Brined Turkey Thighs

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 naomi November 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I love your panini creativity. Turkey? YES, this looks awesome!!
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2 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) November 8, 2011 at 7:25 am

Great idea! And as I’m just putting together my Thanksgiving menu, I’m excited to think about how to use my panini press during the holidays for more than leftover turkey sandwiches.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog post ..Recipe for rosemary-parmesan sweet potato waffles

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3 Kathy November 8, 2011 at 7:35 am

And you can be sure I’ll have more leftover turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving too. 🙂

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4 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

super clever!!

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5 Michael Strahs November 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I love when you cook meat and poultry using the meat thermometer – everything always comes out perfect! I still can’t get over how good this turkey thigh came out. Who needs a whole turkey for Thanksgiving – let’s just grill another thigh (or 2)!

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6 Kathy November 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I know, it’s tempting!

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7 kellypea November 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I think my stomach just growled ; ) Another very, very clever use of your press.
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8 Jeanette November 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I just picked up some boneless turkey thighs from the market…now all I need is a panini press!
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9 bjames November 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Are you using a turkey thigh with the bone in, or a boneless thigh? There is no specification of what was used.

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10 Kathy November 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I used a bone-in thigh – I will clarify the recipe.

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11 Amy November 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

Kathy, Kathy, Kathy…you are one clever gal!!
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12 Kathy November 9, 2011 at 11:30 am

I try, Amy! 🙂

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13 Carolyn Jung November 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

You are way too clever! LOL
I am totally into that crispy skin, too. It’s amazing that a panini press can do that.

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14 Nutmeg Nanny November 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm

You kill me! I can’t believe you cooked this on a panini press! Such an inspiration 🙂
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15 Erin November 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

Looks delish! Yuuuuum.
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